STANDARD WINDOWS VS. IMPACT RESISTANT WINDOWS
The Florida Building Code demands the installation of hurricane shutters over every home opening with regular / standard glass windows and doors in order to meet the new requirements for hurricane protection.
The five major factors to consider when choosing between standard glass windows and impact-resistant windows and doors:
- Choosing the right product
- Time involved securing your home
Replacing the existing standard windows and doors of your home is an important decision to make. They have a significant influence on a variety of items, including:
- The interior temperature
- The ventilation in your home
- The ambient lighting
- The overall appearance of your home
When the time comes for a window and door replacement, you need honest advice. Alpha Windows and Doors will explain the advantages and disadvantages of the choices available to you, especially when one of the most important decisions you will be making is between:
- Standard-glass windows with hurricane shutters
- Impact-resistant windows that do not require shutter protection
What do most hurricane shutter companies don’t want you to know?
Most Hurricane Shutter Companies are in the Business to Sell Shutters.
But, are shutters the best choice to protect your family?
If your home was built before 1998, your windows and doors, more than likely, do not meet the current code requirements. According to the new building codes, even a non-impact window – the standard glass window or door – has to pass a wind-load test. This test demonstrates a door or window’s ability to withstand the changing wind pressures created by a hurricane. However, one thing to remember is these standard items will not be able to withstand an impact of any wind-blown debris. This is why shutters are required to be installed over this type of non-impact window.
If you are considering a company that only sells hurricane shutters, storm panels, accordion shutters or roll up shutters, they will sell them to you no matter what kind of windows you may have. However, something we would like you to remember, their priority to just sell you shutters is quite different from your desire to safely protect your family.
Another thing you might not be aware of is, in the event of a hurricane, shutters are not designed to hold back the incredible wind pressure that is being forced onto your windows or doors.
During a Hurricane Window and Door Breaches Are Devastating
Windows and doors play a crucial role in maintaining the building envelope of a structure – the structural integrity of your home. A broken window can easily be the trigger for a massive destruction of a structure, both inside and out, during sustained hurricane-force winds.
When high-speed winds have unfettered access to a home’s interior, they create a dramatic difference between inside and outside air pressures. When this occurs, the air pressures reach a critical stage, and the structural members holding the home together can be weakened. A devastating breach like this can affect with the roof – one of the most wind-vulnerable sections – breaking it apart or losing it in its entirety.
The Alpha Difference
While Alpha Windows and Doors offers a selection of hurricane shutters, we specialize in superior safety-rated impact windows and doors. As part of our consultation, we check your existing windows and doors to determine if they meet the current code requirements, and then we will recommend the best product to meet the needs of your home as well as your budget.
Alpha Windows and Doors will gladly assist you and discuss in detail the advantages and disadvantages of both impact resistant doors and windows and standard windows with hurricane shutters. We want you to make the best decision when investing in the safety of your family.
Advantages of Impact (Laminated) Windows and Doors
Investment of Your Time and Long-Term Protection
The initial cost of purchasing and installing of standard windows with storm panels may be less than that of impact-resistant windows and doors. However, the cost comparison can change dramatically over time. Especially when you consider the time involved and the elevated stress levels you can experience whenever you need to put up your storm panels. And, then take them down to store away – time after time. If you are like most Florida residents, you know that this can happen several times during a single hurricane season!
Another consideration, instead of storm panels, if you combine hurricane accordion shutters or roll-up shutters with standard windows, those costs could well exceed the price of impact-resistant windows package.
Just knowing that you don’t need to rush back home if a storm is quickly approaching or rely on a good neighbor to shutter your home properly while you are away on vacation is something you can appreciate. You can feel safe in knowing that your home has non-stop protection from hurricanes and extreme weather, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
With our large selection of windows and doors you not only obtain hurricane protection, but you also shield yourself and your family against home burglaries.
Hurricane windows and doors are built with a PVB interlayer sealed in between two layers of glass which makes any attempted break-ins nearly impossible. This is why many of our customers have installed impact windows and doors for that reason alone.
Insurance Premium Discounts
Impact windows and doors are effective hurricane protection systems recognized by insurance companies, such as Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.
If all of your home openings are protected with impact resistant windows and doors, as a policy-holder you could obtain up to 45% in premium discounts. Check with your insurance company to discover what discounts may apply.
In a very short period of time, these savings along with your reduction in heating and cooling costs will effectively make up for the price difference between standard glass windows with shutters and impact glass windows.
Laminated glass provides 99% blockage of ultraviolet (UV) light and this shielding protects irreplaceable valuables inside your home. Cherished family photos, furniture, valuable rugs, and even your flooring are protected from fading or discoloration that can occur with repeated exposure to the sun.
If you enjoy direct sunlight filling your home all year round, our wide selection of high impact windows and doors will act like sun-glasses for your homes’ interior as they will effectively block the damaging UV light, without any noticeable light reduction.
Tremendous Noise Reduction
For homeowners who live near busy intersections, highways or noisy neighbors, installing our hurricane impact windows and doors has proven to be a highly effective way to reduce disturbing, exterior noises. Our client testimonials confirm that their impact-resistant glass windows and doors are great when it comes to block out any loud outside sounds that they prefer not to hear inside with the privacy of their homes.
Proven Energy Efficiency
Our hurricane windows and doors are constructed of heavy-duty aluminum frames with double glazing panes, which make them extremely energy efficient.
If you currently have any large single-glazed windows in your home, you may not realize how much heat or cold are transferred from the outside to your home’s interior, and vice-versa.
On the other hand, impact windows and doors will:
- Have excellent insulating ratings
- Help to isolate the interior spaces from the outdoor weather changes
- Decrease the cost of your utility bills
- Reduce your carbon footprint
Since the 1940’s, laminated glass has been used in the manufacture of front windshields for automobiles. No other impact product on the market today has had as much everyday wear-and-tear exposure.
Approved by Miami-Dade County Building Code, our impact-resistant windows and doors are built to last and are designed to withstand the most extreme weather conditions known to frequent Florida, the Gulf Coast, and the entire Caribbean.
Peace of Mind During Stormy Weather
One of the most depressing aspects of living in a shuttered home during a hurricane is the darkness that surrounds your family, especially when the power goes out.
Since our windows and doors don’t require additional light-blocking protection, when the sun comes out, you’ll know it.
Broken laminated glass is designed to stay intact. There is no risk of glass injury or flying debris entering your home that can occur with any standard window.
Rest assured, our impact resistant windows and doors are designed, built, and installed to protect you, your loved ones, and your home.